Israel to vaccinate 12 to 15-year-olds

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Israel plans to start vaccinating young people aged 12 to 15 against COVID-19 next week.

After lengthy consultations, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday that the dangers of contracting the disease outweighed the possible side effects of the vaccination.

"Cases of myocarditis in 16 to 19-year-olds have been rare and have mostly passed without complications," the statement said.

Given the extremely low rate of coronavirus infections in Israel, the ministry recommends vaccinating high-risk patients, relatives of high-risk patients and young people in families planning to travel abroad, for the time being.

"Apart from high-risk groups, anyone who is interested can be vaccinated," it added.

Israel, a country of 9 million people, has been successfully implementing a vaccination campaign since December 19.

New infections and severe illnesses have declined sharply in recent months leading Israel to lift the government restrictions almost completely on Tuesday.

However, experts continue to warn that new variants could be brought in from abroad.

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